Friday, July 14, 2006

Government's Long Arm

As many of you know, I think the government way overstepped their bounds in the Terri Schiavo case...but at least in that one the person in question couldn't speak for herself so some intervention was perhaps called for...

But in this case of 16 year old Abraham Cherrix, I am baffled at the perceived need of the government to impose their will...

"...Abraham, as he's usually called, and his family were in juvenile court in Accomack County to determine whether he can make his own medical decisions and whether he can keep living with his parents and four siblings on Chincoteague, an island off Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Abraham has Hodgkin's disease, a cancer of the lymph nodes. Three months of chemotherapy last year made him extremely weak. So when he learned in February that his cancer was active again, he turned _ against doctor's advice--to a sugar-free organic diet, herbs and visits to a clinic in Mexico.

A social worker asked a judge to require the teen to continue conventional treatment.

In May the judge issued a temporary order finding Jay and Rose Cherrix neglectful for supporting their son's choice to pursue alternatives. Judge Jesse E. Demps also ordered the parents to share custody of Abraham with the Accomack County Department of Social Services; they face losing custody completely.

"What it boils down to is does the American family have the right to decide on the health of their child or is the government allowed to come in and determine that themselves and threaten one way or the other to split our family up?" Jay Cherrix said Tuesday night." (source

Many cancer patients give up fighting all together when traditional treatments are too painful and debilitating (like The Man's father) -- This boy and his parents have made an informed decision -and even if the medical community finds that it's a foolish and possibly fatal decision...it's not their call.

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